You Can Grow – Orchids!

Orchids are gorgeous, beautiful, intricate, spectacular, and a number of other superlatives. They also have a reputation as being hard to grow, but that “ain’t necessarily so,” to quote the old song. The Orchid family is divided into four tribes, 800 genera, well over 20,000 different species with numerous varieties, and more being discovered everyRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for September 2018

In Southern Arizona, the soils are still warm from the summer heat, but the nights are cooler, and the days are getting shorter.  This tells plants to GROW!  September is ideal for planting trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs, groundcovers, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables,,,, in short, everything! Plan on getting out and doing some planting this fall.Read moreRead more

Rabbit Resistant Southwestern Landscape

Late summer and wildlife abounds! While a single bunny is cute, it is upsetting when they decimate your landscape. To avoid the issue, select plants that are pretty-looking but nasty-tasting. There are a number of desert plants that are rabbit resistant and can help create a lush-looking colorful yard. The reason I am telling youRead moreRead more

Vegetable Gardening is easy as 1-2-3

Growing vegetables can be easy – with three simple things to keep in mind. Plus, here in the land of blazing summers, you will need to select the right plants for the season. Rule one. Grow what you like. Don’t plant kale if you don’t like it! If you “kinda” like lettuce, try growing someRead moreRead more

Yeah! for Yuccas

Yucca? Agave? What’s the difference? Many folks find it hard to tell one big round rosette of sword-like spiny leaves from another big round spiny plant. They are all related anyway. Like palms, they are kin to grasses and lack true wood. The main thing to know as an owner of one of these plantsRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for August

Happy August! We have had record heat throughout the region this year. Even if you get rain where you live, it may not be enough. Make sure your plants are getting ample moisture by using a soil probe to check depth of water penetration. Probe the soil with a screwdriver or sturdy knitting needle. ItRead moreRead more

Ants are Awesome

June was National Pollinator month, and folks got to help pollinators by planting flowers. Easy sell! Now here is another beneficial insect that is harder to find popular support for – ants. While it’s true that there are some troublesome ants out there, there far more kinds of beneficial ants doing their part to improveRead moreRead more

Use The Wisdom of the Past Wisely

National Herbal Prescription Awareness Month is upon us, and this is golden opportunity to discuss using herbs for health. As many of you know, I am Dr. Jacqueline Soule – but the doctorate is in Botany, not medicine. That doesn’t stop people from asking me health questions, if anything, it elicits more! Everyone has heardRead moreRead more

Celebrate Beans!

July is National Baked Bean Month. You can celebrate by baking some beans to enjoy with your hotdogs (it’s National Hot Dog Month too) or you can celebrate by planting some beans now to bake later. And there are so many different kinds of beans to enjoy. The beans considered hot season beans include black-eyedRead moreRead more

You Can Grow Sage

  Recently I wrote about using sage in a post on Savor the Southwest.  Following that – here is how to grow sage!  The sage we use in cooking is Salvia officinalis, and has well over 1500 closely related Salvia species, many of them with sage somewhere in the common name.  Sage itself has manyRead moreRead more